Giving Thanks Is Powerful!
Throughout the United States this month, we observe a special holiday—Thanksgiving. Typically, family and friends gather together and turkey dinners abound. Football games blare as we fellowship and gain a few pounds. But most of all, Thanksgiving should be a day when we give thanks to the Lord!
Imagine flying at nearly 80,000 feet at three times the speed of sound in a $45 million airplane. Now imagine both engines failing at the same time and you plummeting toward the ground. Brian McCallum, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and current RHEMA Bible Training Center instructor, doesn’t have to imagine it. He lived it.
Several years ago, my husband and I invited our pastoral staff over to our house, and we wound up playing a game that involved drawing pictures. As soon as someone suggested playing that game, my mind went back to the experiences I had in art class during my school days. There were times when I would burst into tears because I simply could not draw.
Let me ask you a question: did you worry about anything this past week? Stress and worry have become a way of life for many. We live in a world of stressed-out people. Stress and worry are enemies that are stalking our land. They are not respecters of persons. They seek to devour the peace and happiness of everyone they touch. They are major contributors to heart attacks, high blood pressure, ulcers, depression, and anxiety. They drain energy from the body and mind.